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Corinne Rocca, PhD, MPH

TitleAssociate Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentOb/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
Address3333 California Street
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone510-986-8983
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    Corinne H. Rocca, PhD, MPH, is an epidemiologist who combines approaches from social epidemiology with those of demographers and clinicians interested in understanding sexual behavior, contraceptive use and unintended pregnancy. Broadly, her research examines how structural factors, such as access to reproductive health care and cultural norms, affect risk of unintended pregnancy among high-risk populations in the US and South Asia. In particular, her research has focused on expanding our understanding of pregnancy intentions, including what influences adolescents’ and women’s attitudes towards pregnancy and how intentions translate into behavior. She uses quantitative psychometric techniques, including item response theory, to improve the measurement of pregnancy intention, childbearing attitudes, as well as other latent variables important to understanding pregnancy risk.

    Dr. Rocca joined Bixby in 2001 to direct a randomized trial evaluating pharmacy access to emergency contraception; data were provided to the FDA to inform their decision on over-the-counter access to emergency contraception. Collaborating on an NIH study in Bangalore, India, she co-authored scientific articles investigating contraception and the association of women’s social and economic resources with domestic violence. She recently completed research investigating unsafe abortion in Nepal and found a need to innovate care in medication abortion for women in remote areas. She is launching a new trial in Nepal evaluating access to medication abortion through pharmacies. Finally, working on the Turnaway Study, she is evaluating women’s long-term emotional responses after having an abortion or an unwanted birth in the US.

    Dr. Rocca received her doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley; an MPH in Population and Family Health from Columbia University; and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University.


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    1. El Ayadi AM, Rocca C, Kohn JE, Velazquez D, Blum M, Newmann SJ, Harper CC. The impact of an IUD and implant intervention on dual method use among young women: Results from a cluster randomized trial. Prev Med. 2017 Jan; 94:1-6. PMID: 27773708.
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    2. Gibbs SE, Rocca C, Bednarek P, Thompson KM, Darney PD, Harper CC. Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Counseling and Use for Older Adolescents and Nulliparous Women. J Adolesc Health. 2016 Dec; 59(6):703-709. PMID: 27665153.
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    3. Newmann SJ, Rocca C, Zakaras JM, Onono M, Bukusi EA, Grossman D, Cohen CR. Does Integrating Family Planning into HIV Services Improve Gender Equitable Attitudes? Results from a Cluster Randomized Trial in Nyanza, Kenya. AIDS Behav. 2016 Sep; 20(9):1883-92. PMID: 26837632.
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    4. Thompson KM, Rocca C, Kohn JE, Goodman S, Stern L, Blum M, Speidel JJ, Darney PD, Harper CC. Public Funding for Contraception, Provider Training, and Use of Highly Effective Contraceptives: A Cluster Randomized Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Mar; 106(3):541-6. PMID: 26794168.
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    5. Rocca C, Thompson KM, Goodman S, Westhoff CL, Harper CC. Funding policies and postabortion long-acting reversible contraception: results from a cluster randomized trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jun; 214(6):716.e1-8. PMID: 26692178.
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    6. Wang LF, Puri M, Rocca C, Blum M, Henderson JT. Service provider perspectives on post-abortion contraception in Nepal. Cult Health Sex. 2016; 18(2):223-35. PMID: 26372441.
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    7. Rocca C, Kimport K, Roberts SC, Gould H, Neuhaus J, Foster DG. Decision Rightness and Emotional Responses to Abortion in the United States: A Longitudinal Study. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0128832. PMID: 26154386; PMCID: PMC4496083.
    8. Harper CC, Rocca C, Thompson KM, Morfesis J, Goodman S, Darney PD, Westhoff CL, Speidel JJ. Reductions in pregnancy rates in the USA with long-acting reversible contraception: a cluster randomised trial. Lancet. 2015 Aug 08; 386(9993):562-8. PMID: 26091743.
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    9. Raine-Bennett TR, Rocca C. Development of a brief questionnaire to assess contraceptive intent. Patient Educ Couns. 2015 Nov; 98(11):1425-30. PMID: 26104994; PMCID: PMC4609226 [Available on 11/01/16].
    10. Puri M, Henderson JT, Harper CC, Blum M, Joshi D, Rocca C. Contraceptive discontinuation and pregnancy postabortion in Nepal: a longitudinal cohort study. Contraception. 2015 Apr; 91(4):301-7. PMID: 25553872.
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    11. Biggs MA, Rocca C, Brindis CD, Hirsch H, Grossman D. Did increasing use of highly effective contraception contribute to declining abortions in Iowa? Contraception. 2015 Feb; 91(2):167-73. PMID: 25465890.
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    12. Roberts SC, Biggs MA, Chibber KS, Gould H, Rocca C, Foster DG. Risk of violence from the man involved in the pregnancy after receiving or being denied an abortion. BMC Med. 2014 Sep 29; 12:144. PMID: 25262880; PMCID: PMC4182793.
    13. Harris LF, Roberts SC, Biggs MA, Rocca C, Foster DG. Perceived stress and emotional social support among women who are denied or receive abortions in the United States: a prospective cohort study. BMC Womens Health. 2014 Jun 19; 14:76. PMID: 24946971; PMCID: PMC4080695.
    14. Rocca C, Puri M, Harper CC, Blum M, Dulal B, Henderson JT. Postabortion contraception a decade after legalization of abortion in Nepal. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Aug; 126(2):170-4. PMID: 24825497.
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    15. Craig AD, Dehlendorf C, Borrero S, Harper CC, Rocca C. Exploring young adults' contraceptive knowledge and attitudes: disparities by race/ethnicity and age. Womens Health Issues. 2014 May-Jun; 24(3):e281-9. PMID: 24725755; PMCID: PMC4119871.
    16. Turk JK, Preskill F, Landy U, Rocca C, Steinauer JE. Availability and characteristics of abortion training in US ob-gyn residency programs: a national survey. Contraception. 2014 Apr; 89(4):271-7. PMID: 24461206.
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    17. Barrett G, Morroni C, Stephenson J, Hall J, Morof D, Rocca C. Regarding "identifying women at risk of unintended pregnancy: a comparison of two pregnancy readiness measures": measuring pregnancy intention. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Jan; 24(1):78-9. PMID: 24263000.
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    18. Roberts SC, Rocca C, Foster DG. Receiving versus being denied an abortion and subsequent drug use. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jan 01; 134:63-70. PMID: 24183616.
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    19. Rocca C, Kimport K, Gould H, Foster DG. Women's emotions one week after receiving or being denied an abortion in the United States. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Sep; 45(3):122-31. PMID: 24020773.
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    20. Rocca C, Harper CC, Raine-Bennett TR. The authors reply. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Jun; 45(2):113-4. PMID: 23901444.
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    21. Borrero S, Farkas A, Dehlendorf C, Rocca C. Racial and ethnic differences in men's knowledge and attitudes about contraception. Contraception. 2013 Oct; 88(4):532-8. PMID: 23697702; PMCID: PMC3758769.
    22. Speidel JJ, Rocca C, Thompson KM, Harper CC. Pregnancy: not a disease but still a health risk. Contraception. 2013 Oct; 88(4):481-4. PMID: 23663918.
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    23. Rocca C, Puri M, Dulal B, Bajracharya L, Harper CC, Blum M, Henderson JT. Unsafe abortion after legalisation in Nepal: a cross-sectional study of women presenting to hospitals. BJOG. 2013 Aug; 120(9):1075-83. PMID: 23574112.
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    24. Rocca C, Harper CC, Raine-Bennett TR. Young women's perceptions of the benefits of childbearing: associations with contraceptive use and pregnancy. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2013 Mar; 45(1):23-32. PMID: 23489854; PMCID: PMC3620026.
    25. Rocca C, Shankar M, Sreevathsa A, Krishnan S. Acceptability and use of emergency contraception among married women in Bangalore, India. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2013 Apr; 121(1):64-8. PMID: 23312589; PMCID: PMC3596499.
    26. Rocca C, Harper CC. Do racial and ethnic differences in contraceptive attitudes and knowledge explain disparities in method use? Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2012 Sep; 44(3):150-8. PMID: 22958659.
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    27. Barrett G, Morof D, Rocca C. Valid and precise measurement. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2010 Sep; 42(3):220-1; author reply 221. PMID: 20887297.
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    28. Rocca C, Doherty I, Padian NS, Hubbard AE, Minnis AM. Pregnancy intentions and teenage pregnancy among Latinas: a mediation analysis. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2010 Sep; 42(3):186-96. PMID: 20887287; PMCID: PMC2951312.
    29. Rocca C, Hubbard AE, Johnson-Hanks J, Padian NS, Minnis AM. Predictive ability and stability of adolescents' pregnancy intentions in a predominantly Latino community. Stud Fam Plann. 2010 Sep; 41(3):179-92. PMID: 21469271; PMCID: PMC3265987.
    30. Rocca C, Krishnan S, Barrett G, Wilson M. Measuring pregnancy planning: An assessment of the London Measure of Unplanned Pregnancy among urban, south Indian women. Demogr Res. 2010 Aug 06; 23:293-334. PMID: 21170147.
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    31. Krishnan S, Rocca C, Hubbard AE, Subbiah K, Edmeades J, Padian NS. Do changes in spousal employment status lead to domestic violence? Insights from a prospective study in Bangalore, India. Soc Sci Med. 2010 Jan; 70(1):136-43. PMID: 19828220; PMCID: PMC2791993.
    32. Rocca C, Rathod S, Falle T, Pande RP, Krishnan S. Challenging assumptions about women's empowerment: social and economic resources and domestic violence among young married women in urban South India. Int J Epidemiol. 2009 Apr; 38(2):577-85. PMID: 18952621; PMCID: PMC2734072.
    33. Rocca C, Schwarz EB, Stewart FH, Darney PD, Raine TR, Harper CC. Beyond access: acceptability, use and nonuse of emergency contraception among young women. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jan; 196(1):29.e1-6; discussion 90.e1-5. PMID: 17240221.
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    34. Harper CC, Cheong M, Rocca C, Darney PD, Raine TR. The effect of increased access to emergency contraception among young adolescents. Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep; 106(3):483-91. PMID: 16135577.
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    35. Raine TR, Harper CC, Rocca C, Fischer R, Padian N, Klausner JD, Darney PD. Direct access to emergency contraception through pharmacies and effect on unintended pregnancy and STIs: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2005 Jan 05; 293(1):54-62. PMID: 15632336.
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    36. Harper CC, Rocca C, Darney PD, von Hertzen H, Raine TR. Tolerability of levonorgestrel emergency contraception in adolescents. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Oct; 191(4):1158-63. PMID: 15507936.
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    37. Raine T, Marcell AV, Rocca C, Harper CC. The other half of the equation: Serving young men in a young women's reproductive health clinic. Perspect Sex Reprod Health. 2003 Sep-Oct; 35(5):208-14. PMID: 14668023.
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